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System And Method For Immediate Issuance Of Transaction Cards - Patent 8132723

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The present invention relates generally to the field of financial and data transaction systems, and more particularly to a system and method of executing financial and data transactions over an open network.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION FIG. 1 depicts a typical credit card transaction, as it is presently carried out. As represented in FIG. 1, the process begins with a credit card holder 100 providing his credit card to an attendant located at a point-of-sale device (e.g., cashregister) within a merchant setting 102, as represented by operation 101. In response, the attendant typically "swipes" the card through a magnetic strip reader that is coupled to the point-of-sale device. Thus, cardholder information, including thename of the cardholder and the credit card number, is transferred from the storage medium on the card to the point-of-sale device. The point-of-sale device combines the cardholder information with transaction information (including total price of sale and merchant identification), and sends the combined data set to an acquirer or third-party processor 104, as represented byoperation 103. The third-party processor 104 responds by forwarding the data set to the card association's (e.g., Visa, American Express, etc.) proprietary transaction network 106 (operation 105), whereby the data set is routed to the issuing bank 108,as shown in operation 107. Upon reception of the data set, the issuing bank 108 checks the proposed financial transaction against a set of credit rules and either approves or denies the financial transaction. If approved, the approval traverses the identical path, inreverse sequence, (operations 109, 111 and 113) to reach the point-of-sale device at the merchant location 102. Thereafter, the card-issuing bank 108 forwards a monetary sum equal to the sale price to the merchant's bank 110 by way of a similarlycomplex set of data transactions, as represented by operation 115 (typically, a processor is used as an intermediary that fo

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